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Friday, February 3, 2012

"Revolutions devour their young"

     - What does it mean?    

In general, it refers to the fact that after the initial successful revolution, there comes a period of revolutionary justice. Initially, the revolutionary justice is applied to the members of the old regime. Then, as the revolutionaries begin to fight each other for power, the same techniques that were used to justify the necessity of killing and imprisoning the former rulers are now used to justify the killing of the members of the revolution that have fallen out with the powers that be.

The French Revolution is an excellent example of this. The reign of terror began with executing the king and the nobility. It ended with the death of many of the early leaders of the revolution.

In short, the one rule of most revolutions is, to quote Pete Townshend:-

"Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss."

   ( I say:-   MUCH WORSE! )   

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